posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 12:42 AM
It is sometimes argued that if there were great secrets, they would leak so fast that we would all know about them.
I know this to be untrue.
I cannot explain why or how I know, and furthermore, this much is irrelevant. Those of you with inquisitive minds, and some luck, will also learn this
to be true.
What is important is this : The value of secrecy in a democratic republic increases in proportion with the extent to which information can be
disseminated amongst the masses.
As intent drives action, so to must secrecy drive our republics. Only information of limitted circulation can be applied without minimization of its
value through the entropy of mass consumption.
This has always been true for information of tactical and strategic value. And naturally, requires our respect for the defense of our own ideals. No
one questions the game theoretic advantage of limited knowledge.
Yet increasingly, the value of secrets encompasses information of value to the basic, rational decision making of the average person participating in
the democratic process. The result is that as increasing quantities of information are made available to the public, the vast holes in this
information, matted over with the same few empty stories repeated ad nauseum in the media at large, leave us with warped perspective with which to
apply our democratic and social responsibilities to our communities.
As we become further removed from a grounded perspective, we become less mature, less capable of participating in a rational process. This results in
further emphasis upon secret keeping, which then feeds the cycle.
It has been said on occasion that those in the know take upon themselves a great burden on our behalf. Much like a mother who secretly sickens her
child so as to be needed and respected, our secret agencies foist the illness of ignorance upon us, leaving us with stunted growth and no democratic
future. From this they claim that we need them. And so we do....
One must wonder if Vennevar Bush, when proposing the memex, envisioned the extent to which secrecy would remove information from the heart of public
discourse. Could he imagine the common person, seeking to enlighten and serve a republic, bent over a microfiche of endless 1-sided casualty reports,
political "leaks", and proposed legislations, shrugging, and then turning to the latest microfiches of mythos-derived conspiracy sites?
When someone tells you that if great secrets of great value were kept from the masses, then they would quickly leak to the masses, they are
As I have learned, there are such secrets. They are of value to you. And you have been deemed too unimportant to know why things are done in your